• Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

Controversial business nexus of BJP’s Majuli candidate Bhuban Gam with BJP leadership,Bureaucrats and litterateur: APCC

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has organized a press meet on Tuesday regarding the controversial business nexus and dubious past of Mr. Bhuban Gam, the BJP candidate for the upcoming Majuli By Election Manjit Mahanta, the Chairman, Media Dipartment, APCC giving reference to an article in the The CrossCurrent, 1st March issue raised serious allegations against Mr. Bhuban Gam, the BJP candidate for the upcoming Majuli By Election.

The Assam Pradesh Congress spoke person Manjit Mahanta also infromed media persons BJP candiadate Bhuban Gam is the proprietor and director of two companies—Bhuban Construction Private Limited and Gam Delicacy Private Limited. Information regarding the two companies has been mentioned by Bhuban Gam in his election affidavit. On 18th Aug, 2015, the newly constructed North East Tribal Museum and Cultural Centre at Sonapur’s Nazirakhati got incinerated. The construction of the North East Tribal Museum and Cultural Centre was initiated in the year 2012 in Sonapur’s Nazirakhat with a budget of 50 crore rupees in an area comprising of 227 bighas of land. The museum was constructed under the supervision of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam. According to news published in the newspaper, the construction of the museum and cultural centre was entrusted upon Bhuban Gam’s Company. The then Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) M. Angamuthu ordered a probe for the fire. Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Prakash Baruah was in charge of the probe. But the investigative report on Sonapur Tribal Museum’s fire has not been made public till date. According to data received from Minutes of Corporate Affairs, from 24th May 2012 to 15th March 2019 a new Director, Rashmi Narzary was appointed in the Bhuban Construction Private Limited. In the year 2016, Rashmi Narzary had received the Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar for her book “His Share of Sky”. The Sahitya Akademi awardee also happens to be the wife of former IAS officer Hemanta Narzary. It is noteworthy that the construction of the North East Tribal Museum and Cultural Centre started in 2012 and in the same year on the 24th of May, Rashmi Narzary was appointed as director to look into the construction work by huban Construction Private Limited. Rashmi Narzary was also appointed as director of Bhuban Gam’s second company, Gam Delicacy Private Limited. It might naturally occur to many that Rashmi Narzary is Bhuban Gam’s business partner.

Till this date, no proper investigation has been carried out regarding the circumstances under which the North East Tribal Museum and Cultural Centre constructed from government funding caught fire and was charred to ashes. Amongst these bureaucrats, one of them, Swapnanil Barua is in the position of the present vice president of state BJP. From this it can be presumed how Bhuban Gam has so long managed to remain secured.

Mahanta also said that the circumstances under which the North East Tribal Museum and Cultural Centre was burned is highly suspicious and role of Mr. Bhuban Gam is highly questionable. Mr. Mahanta reminded that the devastating flood in 1998 and role of Bhuban Gam is still fresh in the mind of public of Majuli and Dhakuakhana. From his controversial past, dubious business nexus it is easily understandable that such a candidate is detrimental for the public of Majuli.

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